Monday, October 13, 2014

Altered Pages and Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween 2014 Blog Hop- Day 13

Welcome to Day 13 of the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop. My post today is doing a bit of double duty again. I am also posting for Altered Pages, and we have a wonderful sponsor this month ... Art Anthology.  I hope you will check out the Altered Pages blog for more inspiration using this wonderful acrylic paint and sprays.

As you know by now, I am also participating in this month-long blog hop with some extremely talented artists.  The complete list of Wicked Bloggers (that's what we are called) are in my side bar.  There are lots of prizes in the daily scavenger hunt, and a Grand Prize worth over $300.

To see all of the rules and regulations for 31 Days of Halloween 2014, please visit THIS POST.

To see Scavenger Hunt winners from previous days, please visit THIS PAGE

My project is a free-standing canvas that you could sit out with the rest of your Halloween decorations.
Cut candelabra and spider from graveyard black card stock adhered to lightweight chipboard.  Add a thick coat of Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint to the candles and Black Soot distress glitter to the spider.
After these dry, apply distress inks to the candles:  Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw (candles); Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Vintage Photo (flames).  I also added Pewter and Olive metallic rub-on to the black portion of the candelabra.

Cut Chevron from any color scrap paper and a weathered clock from chipboard.  Adhere to chipboard  with gel medium, allowing some of the clock to hang off.   Trim excess clock piece.

Apply coat of white gesso over all, including the clock hands, let dry.

Apply coat of Art Anthology (AA) Imperial over canvas, let dry.

Look how luscious, thick and creamy this paint is.  It drys dimensional, too.
I did a little finger painting (my favorite kind) by applying AA Red Velvet Cake over the clock.  After that dried, I later added some of the Foundry Bronze Gilder's Paste to the high spots.

Stamp script from Apothecary set onto background with black StazOn ink.

I added a thick coat of the AA Red Velvet Cake over the clock hands and allowed to dry.  Then I highlighted with Foundry Bronze Gilder's Paste by hitting the high spots.  
I used a brad from my stash with a large head (any shape or color will work) and inserted it through the openings.

This gave me some area to glue my cameo skull to.  Set aside.

I then added a light coat of AA Limeaid randomly to the canvas, and wiped gently with a baby wipe.  This left a beautiful golden tone, which I hope you can see in the photos.  It looks really pretty in person.

Next, I applied some very watered down AA Red Velvet Cake from the top of the canvas and let it drip down like "BLOOD" (using my Bella Lugosi vampire voice).  I applied a very thick coat right at the top of the canvas for effect!

Next, I adhered all my parts and pieces as shown in the finished photo.  I also added some cob webs by taking strings from a piece of cheesecloth and adhering just where I wanted them.  It was a little tedious, but I enjoy doing things like that.  

I also added some Petaloo black flowers, and a couple of handmade flowers I made from squishing up pieces of shipping paper after spritzing them with glimmer mists.  I made them last year and had some left to use this year.  

To finish it off, I covered the back and sides with graveyard black paper, and cut an easel that I covered with the black paper.  See my post here for more information on the easel.


6"x 6" square thick chipboard plaque (check out Altered Pages selection of art boards and canvases here)
Sizzix dies:  Tim Holtz Weathered Clock; Small Easel; Chevron decorative strip
Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Apothecary stamp set
Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint
Black Soot distress glitter
Distress Ink Pads:  Pumice Stone,Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seet

I hope you enjoyed my home decor piece today.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and enjoy the hop!

Barbara Rankin


  1. Wow, this is amazing!!! I love the candelabra, the crackle effect look fab. Also the webs, blood dripping and clock are so creepy!!

  2. Totally drawn in by the candelabra!! Very spooky indeed! Love it!

  3. Love your textured background and the corner flowers are so nice!~kim

  4. Wow, this is fabulous! Love the color and texture, great work of art!

  5. Great idea for the crackle paint on the candles! I can't help but finger paint as well, I've always got paint under my nails!

  6. Fabulous scene you created and great description of how you made it, I like the cameo skull! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  7. Love your canvas and wonderful crackled candlestick and all the other embellishments you used!

  8. This is stunning Barbara! The colours are delicious and I love the dies you've used. Fabulous outcome, just awesome!! xxx

  9. Again I have nonelectric dye cutting envy. You know what pieces are diecuts and you know which are my favorite

  10. Awesome canvas, thanks for sharing the process.

  11. Absolutely wicked cool, so love the rich textures you've created, I just want to reach out and touch everything!

  12. Love this piece but I think I have messed up in the hop! I left a comment on this somewhere else....uh oh!! But Barbara you did a super stupendous job on this! So much work and detail in it!! Love it!

  13. The cheesecloth string tip will be very useful.
    Thank you for all the great details and sharing these wonderful products.

  14. Fabulous project. Love the colors and textures.

  15. Gorgeous Barbara...Love the candelabra in particular!

  16. Happy to have a second look at this fabulous project! Great combination of dies and the texture ROCKS! xxD

  17. Love your canvas! The depth you have achieved is incredible, and I love those colors! Did this appear somewhere else in the hop as well? I'm cornfuzzled.....